Ebola death toll rises to above 2,600

More than 2,600 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported more than 5,000 cases across west Africa, describing the crisis as "unparalleled in modern times".

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Ivory Coast bans air travellers from Ebola hit countries

The Ivory Coast has banned air travellers from three countries that have been worst-hit by the Ebola outbreak.

Ivory Coast, or Côte d’Ivoire, borders two of the countries. Credit: Google Maps

The French-speaking West African nation also ordered its flagship carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire to stop flights to and from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The Ivory Coast has not yet registered any cases of the deadly viral disease but is seen as vulnerable given its shared borders with Guinea and Liberia.

The government has also forbidden all airlines from bringing passengers from Ebola-infected countries into Ivory Coast, after similar measures in nearby Gambia and Zambia last week.

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